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One Year From Tonight By Heather Palmer ’81 How could Emily, aged 25 in 1864, decide what to do with her life when there were so many possibilities? The world she had been reared to expect had been changed forever by the Civil War. Incorporating the full text of an actual 1864 diary, the novel tells…

Issue: Summer 2021 • Tags:

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The Little Book of Restorative Teaching Tools By Lindsey Pointer ’13, Kathleen McGoey, and Haley Farrar As restorative practices gain momentum, scholars and practitioners have begun to ask: How should restorative practices be taught? What educational structures and methods are in alignment with restorative values and principles? This book introduces games as a tool to teach…

Issue: Spring 2021 • Tags:

What’s On Your Reading List, Corinne Scheiner?

We asked Professor and Chair of Comparative Literature  Corinne Scheiner “What’s On Your Reading List?” “I just finished rereading Tommy Orange’s ‘There There,’ which I first read when it was published in 2018. In the novel, we hear the stories of a wide range of characters, all of whom are heading to a Big Oakland Powwow.…

Issue: Spring 2021 • Tags:

“What’s on Your Reading List, Ibrahima Wade?”

“I am re-reading Paul Gilroy’s ‘L’Atlantique Noire,’ in French this time! In his work, ‘The Black Atlantic: Modernity and Double Consciousness,’ Gilroy articulates engaging and provocative postulations that could help frame current socio-cultural and political occurrences in America and in Europe. Gilroy’s book, to me, remains one of the outstanding critical approaches which seek to…

Issue: Winter 2020-21 • Tags: ,

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This Is Chance! By Jon Mooallem ’00 On Good Friday in 1964, Anchorage, Alaska, was jolted by 
a magnitude 9.2 earthquake, the most powerful in American history. For four and a half minutes, the ground lurched and rolled. When it stopped, the city was in disarray and sealed off from the outside world. As people turned on their transistor radios, they heard Genie…

Issue: Winter 2020-21 • Tags:

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Love & Legacy: Amor Eterno By Kimberly Sánchez-Cawthorn ’97 Ariana Romero, from the oldest town in Colorado, and Luke Cohen, from upstate New York, are determined to achieve their dream careers despite their families’ intentions for them. They meet in a study abroad class in Toledo, Spain, where they uncover the diary of a Sephardic…

Issue: Summer 2020 • Tags:

“What’s on Your Reading List, Nadia Guessous?”

We asked Assistant Professor of Feminist and Gender Studies Nadia Guessous “What’s on Your Reading List?” I am currently reading two books that propose ways of challenging the hegemony and seeming inevitability of imperialism and war: Ariella Aisha Azoulay’s “Potential History: Unlearning Imperialism” and Ronak K. Kapadia’s “Insurgent Aesthetics: Security and the Queer Life of…

Issue: Summer 2020 • Tags: ,

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Notes Below the Staff By Herb Beattie ’48 with Lauren Arnest “Not many people can begin an anecdote like this: ‘Beverly Sills was sitting next to me on a flight from New York to Pittsburgh…’,” and so begins the forward by Dave Mason ’78 to Beattie’s memoir, published by Rhyolite Press, 2019. Beattie was one…

Issue: Spring 2020 • Tags:

What’s on Your Reading List, David Gardiner?

We asked Associate Professor of Religion David Gardiner “What’s on Your Reading List?” “I have long been interested in the overlapping domains of psychology, neuroscience, and religious studies. Michael Pollan’s latest book, ‘How to Change Your Mind,’ tells the fascinating story of research on the effects of LSD going back to the 1950s. Legal medical research was…

Issue: Spring 2020 • Tags:

What’s on Your Reading List, Neena Grover?

We asked Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry Neena Grover “What’s on Your Reading List?” “What does it mean to be human? Three books that I read recently provided ample perspectives on our perceived similarities and differences. Rebecca Skloot’s ‘The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks’ highlights the role of ethics and race in medicine. What happens when we…

Issue: Winter 2019 • Tags: